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Mashrafe who lost the first match of BPL?

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Last year’s finalist Sylhet Strikers faced defeat on the first day of the tenth season of BPL. The target of 178 runs given by Chittagong Challengers Sylhet was overcome with 9 balls and 7 wickets in hand. The Sagar Par team needed 101 runs off the last 54 balls. Shahadat Hussain Dipu and Najibullah Zadran easily topped such a big equation.

The two batsmen put together a huge stand of 121 runs for the third wicket which gave Chittagong their first win of the season. However, the contribution of the Sylhet fielders lies behind the skill of the two batsmen. Afghanistan’s batsman Najibullah took two catches and Deepur one caught by the strikers fielders. At the end of the match Sylhet captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza blamed the bad fielding.

Mashrafe said in the press conference after the match loss, ‘You have seen, three catches in a short period of time, it is very difficult to make a comeback in T20. Because on the wicket, he was slowly getting better. Then the brakes were actually needed. We had our chances but we didn’t take them. And one thing in T20 is that the batsmen hit the ball or play the shots. If you leave the catch there, there is no chance. If it is one, it can be fulfilled, but if it is three, it cannot be fulfilled.’

‘This season has only just begun. It may be that this team is not playing well. It is very normal, it can happen in cricket. As I played in the final last time, there is no way that I can go to the top this time too. Our job is to fight to the end. It’s only one match, let’s see what happens next. But challenging in T20. It will definitely be challenging when compared with other teams’ – added Mashrafe.


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